Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17  Cincinnati Bengals 12 Sunday 7 September 1980 at Riverfront Stadium
SCORING CIN 0:56-1Q Sunter FG35 TB 4:15-2Q Yepremian FG19 TB 0:29-2Q Giles 32 pass from Williams (Yepremian kick) CIN 2:44-3Q Safety - Blanchard stepped out of endone CIN 12:05-4Q Ross 3 pass from Thompson (Sunter kick) TB 1:47-4Q Giles 15 pass from Williams (Yepremian kick)
Doug Williams and Jimmie Giles teamed up for their second touchdown pass of the game with 1:47 remaining to give the Bucs victory in their season opener at a soaking wet Riverfront Stadium.   The Bucs had earlier missed a chance for a winning fieldgoal on a fumbled snap, only for Bengal punter Pat McInally to return the favour on a fumbled punt snap.   Cincinnati, led by future Buc QB Jack Thompson, was held to just 128 yards of total offense, with just 16 coming through the air.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Eckwood 19-43, Williams 7-36, Bell 8-12. BENGALS: Griffin 18-68, Alexander 16-44, Thompson 1-0, McInally 1-0. PASSING BUCS: Williams 21-11-155-0-2, Eckwood 2-0-0-0-0. BENGALS: Thompson 21-6-47-1-1. RECEIVING BUCS: Bell 5-57, Giles 3-62, Hagins 1-19, Eckwood 1-12, Jones 1-5. BENGALS: Ross 2-22, Curtis 2-17, Griffin 1-4, Alexander 1-4. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Lewis 1-0. BENGALS: none. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Hagins 2-39, Berns 1-19. BENGALS: Turner 2-53. Hicks 2-38, Kreider 1-17. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Reece 5-57. BENGALS: Heath 3-16. SACKS BUCS: Crowder 2-22, L.Selmon 1-9. BENGALS: none.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 75 Reavis DE 77 Kollar LG 74 Sanders DT 71 Crowder C 50 Wilson DE 63 L Selmon RG 61 Roberts LOLB 57 Lewis RT 73 Hannah LILB 58 D Selmon TE 88 Giles RILB 54 Wood WR 81 Hagins ROLB 56 Johnson WR 84 Jones LCB 25 Jordan FB 43 Eckwood RCB 40 Washington RB 42 Bell SS 33 Cotney QB 12 Williams FS 34 Brown PLAYED 1 Yepremian, 16 Blanchard, 20 Colzie, 36 Berns, 41 Thomas, 46 Reece, 52 Brantley, 55 Brown, 59 Hawkins, 62 Leonard, 65 Stalls, 68 Yarno, 76 Logan, 78 Radford, 86 Obradovich, 87 Mucker, 89 House DID NOT PLAY 14 Fusina, 15 Rae, 28 G Davis, 38 J Davis, 72 Snell, 79 Lewis INACTIVES none
COMMENTARY CREW Curt Gowdy and Hank Stram
GAME HIGHLIGHTS                   Click on the boxes to view the big plays Jimmie Giles’ first touchdown came when conditions were still normal at Riverfront Stadium His second one, the game-winner, shows the amount of water on the field Randy Crowder had a pair of sacks of future Buc QB Jack Thompson